The Law is an Ass !!!!
Right, a major rant here. If the mods wish to pull this thread that is fair enough and I respect this decision without any problem. However, I can think of nowhere else to print this.
Early Feb and my father (85) is injured in the drive at home by an individual who is collecting his car for scrap. He spends two months in hospital, suffers depression, and will never be as mobile again as a direct result of the accident--broken femur collar in four places.
So, I contact the HSE given this was a reportable accident and that given the subsequent events, the people concerned are unlikely to have done so. Speak to the HSE today, and am informed that no action will even be instigated against said company as the case could "go on and on"--well that's nice to hear then. It strikes me the HSE are very good as paper tigers, and very good at posturing for major accidents, but when it comes to minor, very minor in comparison to major accidents I accept, then the approach is "not interested--why should we be" despite all the H & S legislation in place. Reason I contacted the HSE today--for an update--was due to the conversation I had with the Solicitor handling the claim. It seems those involved were not only abusive, but also stated they would not respond to any letters etc and that basically we could get lost as there was nothing we could do anyway. Now the solicitor more or less stated that if they do not respond to the letters, then this is pretty much the case and that the "no Win No fee" arrangement is no longer valid and we would have to start paying to continue matters. ---Now to my untrained legal mind, if somebody is so unwilling to even respond and is so obdurate, then clearly they must have something to hide.
It would seem however, that as the HSE--simply for the reason I mentioned above--are unwilling to pursue a relatively small case, and those involved in the incident are clearly refusing to co-operate, then as far as the legal process of the UK is concerned, this is perfectly acceptable.
The law is truly an ass if this is correct !.
Sorry, but I find the sight of my father reduced to sitting in a chair all day--when he was once mobile and active, a little hard to take and even more so when it appears those who induced the accident can remain non accountable for their actions. I don't want sympathy here, just some clarification as to why, when there is so much legislation in place, nothing can be done. Rant over. Thank you.